The Concept

The physical evolution of mankind came to a halt around 25,000 years ago. What this signifies is that if it were possible to go back in time and bring back a person of that era to today’s world, sooner or later this person could learn our language, go to the moon, cook our meals, build a skyscraper.
In fact the brain was already programmed from back then for every modern human achievement.
There is however another evolution that is not much talked about and even less so given any importance by the “institutions”: the evolution of the consciousness.
It is in our consciousness and not in our brain that we cultivate all those qualities that signify the beauty of the human being: love, compassion, truthfulness, empathy, curiosity, intelligence, creativity…

As human beings we can no longer expect to evolve physically, but we have all the opportunity to evolve in consciousness.
Every day we create new stories to "recite"; some are certainly better than others, but the best decision we can make is to go beyond our small or big stories because, they are the traps that make us always repeat the same thoughts, beliefs, habits.
Stories certainly fascinate us, each of us recites our own and we proudly believe it. My story (my film) defines me as being limited and separated from others through my own ego; in fact the more the same story is repeated, the more it is strengthened and ends up being permanently part of ourselves. For example, I am a woman, a mother, an artist, a former teacher now in retirement. If I remove all the scripts, the layers, what's left?
If all these scripts and layers are taken away, what will remain?
I still exist, without all these levels. The Being remains. The Consciousness remains unlimited, always present awareness (Presence Aware).
Our life is a series of images on the screen that come and go, but we are the screen (the consciousness that doesn’t change) that makes all experiences possible.
Living at a level of pure consciousness and of pure being is the most creative way in which we can live.
Considering all this, with my REFLECTION I want to remind, first of all to myself and to all those who would like to visit my exhibit and installation, that who we really are: something much more vast than our little or great stories.

Because we certainly “live in interesting times”, but now it is up to us to make them truly interesting.

The works

REFLECTION is a visual reflection on the question "who am I?"
REFLECTION because it reflects who is in front of the work, like a mirror that reflects everything and transcends everything.

These small works, enclosed in golden section, are triptychs whose parts are outlined from three colors: black, white, blue.
The paintings are in plexiglas, material chosen for its reflective characteristic. They are built with the golden proportion, maximum size 50x 80 cm, and are divided into five square sections: the largest surface of each painting is occupied by a color that also gives the title to the work.
They are triptychs in a trilogy of the three colors that represent awareness.
I have also broken down the golden sections and I enjoyed, with one color at a time, creating smaller paintings (sub-multiples) this time in a square shape.

Black is the screen of every television, computer and smartphone that when turned off are black and reflective just like a mirror, while turned on they have such a strong impact on our lives. Black is also the Big Nothing, full of silence, love and joy. Here, used as a metaphor, it is the mirror that reflects everything without judgment, without identification with what it reflects.

White is the screen on which the images of the film are projected. We like to identify ourselves with film stories without thinking and forgetting that they are only images that pass on the screen. This metaphor reminds us that we are the vast and immutable screen (Awareness) and not the images with which we identify ourselves.

Blue, like white, here represents what we really are, pure awareness. Here the sky represents the awareness and the clouds, the thoughts that pass. The game or more precisely the meditation is to observe the vastness of the sky and the thoughts that come and go like clouds without identifying with them.

Be Love

Biennale d'Arte 2019
Padiglione della Repubblica di San Marino
Complesso dell'Ospedaletto Barbaria de le Tole, Castello 6691
Venezia (VE) - 09.05 - 24.11

Reflection by Annamaria Bernucci

In a system like the present one, of elaborate and diverse cultural platforms, with new techniques sharing different approaches and materials, there are not many who are able to express an art capable of moving beyond material limits and placing itself in an unusual state of consciousness. At present, the idea of history as a flow of time is in decline in the dominant culture, in favour of a view of time as fragmented, ruled by chance, where actions emphasize the immaterial nature of the work rather than its lasting qualities.

Every intervention of Thea Tini can be traced to her own life, and reflects an experience which leads more deeply within in respect of the surface of matter and the skin of things, or the consistency of objects. Her ethical charter is laid out around them, in a consuming longing for transcendence; a condition which is, above all, cultural, but always aimed at learning, self-knowing and meditation. From that key word, meaning (from the latin root 'mederi'-"to have a care for") the whole of her work sets out. Meditation is acute perception and opening one's eyes to self-awareness. At the centre of the search there is another key word- reflection. According to Aristotle, one is in a state of reflection when the intellect not only knows but is conscious and aware of knowing.
With 'Reflection' one breathes that undefined spirituality whch Thea Tini has pursued over time with persistent but self-aware practice. She is moved by an unusual levity; everything unravels in the elaboration of the theme, in the absorption of natural and sensitive data, in connecting synergies cultivated and refined by meditation. The whole of this holds together and is given back in ;Reflection', facilitated by the vigorous disposition of the installment, with a series of perfectly consequential works, formulated according to poetic and existential choices, joined by a thread connecting the concept, the perception, the awareness of existence.

There are two integrated moments ; the images which flow and interact with the spectator from the video, where the clouds scud speedily by, in a moderate tumult, swept away by the wind, airy and light, in movement but always balanced, as if they wished to stay and obscure the existence, the screen of all possible experiences, " a figurative passage between heaven and earth, at the mercy of an invisible impulse, stormy or silent, gladdening with its whiteness or saddening with its darkness" (Fernando Pessoa)

This time Thea Tini allows herself an ample staging in creating a system which interacts between moving images (video) and other images on transparent supports, striped with colours and inscribed with words which emerge from beneath. Words and background are used in an enveloping way, in an atmospheric and metaphoric perception; the chromatic trilogy (the use of white, blue and black) unwinding in consciousness. The words put out and chosen to guide feelings- love, peace- yearn towards a real content, suspended between space and time.
They are words scratched and scraped, coming out of the hand with knowledge both natural and acquired, which spread out seeking light from the compactness of the background colours; a cry, a voice emerging. This happens due to graphic and object-related solutions, essential, non-descriptive, tense, and resulting in intensity; tending towards an unspeakable living knowledge, palpitating and seeking ways out.